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sleeps: 1-12
bedrooms: 6
bathrooms: 6
amenities: Swimming Pool, Maid or Cook
US$3,050- US$4,350

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L'Impressionniste, Provence,France cruising the Rhône river and Camargue, France
The 12 passenger L'Impressionniste, sister ship to La Belle Epoque began life as a cargo barge in Holland before undergoing a complete transformation into the powerful canal and river cruiser she is today. Her light and airy interior features picture windows and selections of prints, fabrics and wall colorings reminiscent of the turn of the century era after which she has been named. She is crewed by a knowledgeable Captain, Mater Chef and crew of three. L'Impressionniste's classic route covers some fine rural cruising, with plenty of opportunity to cycle and stroll along the tow-path and wander into nearby villages.
cruise highlights
* All-inclusive open bar, free wines, gourmet cuisine, entry fees to excursions * Visit 16th century Chateau de Tanlay * Tour Chateau D'Ancy le Franc's twenty five restored appartments * See the hill-top medieval stronghold of Semur-en-Auxois * Wine tasting at Chablis and Epineuil * Gastronomic dinner ashore * Optional Hot Air Ballooning regional specialities aboard Coq au Vin, Escargots Bourgogne, Filet de Charolais wine cellar aboard Côte St Jacques Epineuil, Chablis, Nuits St-Georges cheese aboard Delice de Bourgogne, Chaource, Aisy Cendré, Epoisses

Sunday, Day 1 - AVIGNON You will be met at 16.00 at The Grand Hotel in Avignon and escorted by minibus to the L'Impressionniste for a Champagne Welcome. Spend the night onboard in Avignon. Monday, Day 2 - AVIGNON TO ARLES This morning we visit the Palais des Papes, a massive monument to the era of the 'other Rome’, when the popes moved to France. After a stroll though the vibrant shopping district of Avignon, return to the barge for lunch. In the afternoon we cruise down the mighty Rhone River to Arles, passing the immense citadel of King René at Tarascon, and the foothills of the Alpilles. Dinner on board. Tuesday, Day 3 - ARLES TO AIGUES MORTES This morning we explore Arles, the Roman Arena, St. Trophime’s Basilica and the Museum of Provencal life. We visit some of Vincent Van Gogh's haunts on foot through the pedestrian-ised heart of this old capital of the Camargue. Then a cruise down the Petit Rhone and on to the Canal de Rhone a Sete, passing several herds of wild Black bulls. We moor at the fortified town of Aigues Mortes. Dinner on board. Wednesday, Day 4 - AIGUES MORTES TO FRONTIGNAN Stroll from our mooring outside the town walls to visit the Tour de Constance, built in 1248 as a lighthouse and since used as a prison. Then in the afternoon we cruise the Canal du Rhone à Sete through the Camargue National Park with its wild horses, black bulls and pink flamingos, to the hamlet of Les Aresquiers where we are 200 yards from the Mediterranean. Dinner on board. Thursday, Day 5 - FRONTIGNAN TO MARSEILLAN An early start to pass under the lifting Bridge at Frontignan, then we sail out onto the Etang de Thau, a large, inland, salt water lagoon full of oyster beds. Mid-morning we stop briefly at Bouzigues to visit the Museum of the lake with its exhibition on oyster culture, which is the main activity of the many local fishermen. After lunch on board, we have a short minibus ride to the 12thC Abbaye de Valmagne with its vast Cistercian church and beautiful cloister. Our tour ends with a chance to taste its award winning range of wines. Returning to the barge, we have an afternoon cruise on the lake to the port of Marseillan, where we stroll into the marketplace for dinner ashore. This gives you a chance to taste many of the local seafood delicacies. Friday, Day 6 - MARSEILLAN TO AGDE Before the ship sails we have an opportunity to tour the cellars and distillery of the world famous aperitif, Noilly Prat, followed by a tasting. Then an afternoon cruise on the Canal du Midi, through the renowned round lock and finishing our voyage on the River Herault. We will be moored in the shadow of the Cathedral of the fishing town of Agde, built of lava blocks from the nearby Black Mountains. Captain’s Dinner on board Saturday, Day 7 - AGDE Return transfer by minibus to Beziers or Montpellier's TGV Station, Montpellier Airport or Montpellier's Metropole Hotel Please note; This is a sample itinerary

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